I decided to try Windows Embedded under a VM Virtual Machine and the first thing I noticed was that it was less than willing to activate with the usual tools and was greeted with a friendly warning that Windows Embedded must be reinstalled fully if I wish to activate it. Here is what I did instead. 1. Got the eZ-Activator from another thread, although the Easy Activation doesn't seem to work. 2. Used a key from this thread here h__p:// forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/28555-Windows-Embedded-Standard-7-keys 3. Entered the key under the "Custom Key" section in the Toolkit, clicked Install. Install was a success. 4. Now I went back to the Activation tab and clicked "Activate". Operation was a success. I am not sure if it was relevant, but Windows seemed to be unable to activate without slui.exe, which was missing and another one of its libraries, which I took from another version of Windows I had and pasted them there. Here are screenshots attached of the successful activation. Here are the files needed for a 32bit Windows 7 Embedded to activate properly. h__p: //datafilehost.com/download-aade5da1.html Please do note you can not use the links in System Properties to Activate or Change Product key. You need to use the Toolkit, instead. I dealt with the reboots every 20m by scheduling a task with Windows Task Scheduler to execute shutdown.exe -a to prevent the Windows scheduled shutdown from executing Hope this helps someone.